Up and Coming Workshops

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EMBRACING GRIEF AND DEATH AS A PART OF LIFE

This one-day workshop is dedicated to honouring death and grief as essential events that come to us as we journey through life. When we allow ourselves the space and time to reflect deeply on our lives and the losses within it, new ways of seeing and feeling our sorrows emerge along with a desire to live life with evermore gratitude and joy. Using diverse perspectives and creative processes, this tender inquiry works to ease our anxieties and heartache, and to increase our sense of connection and wonder. Facilitator: Linda Rawlings is an experienced facilitator whose focus has turned from a life-long exploration of childbirth issues to the pressing need for more information, readiness and respect around death, dying and grief. DATE : Saturday, November 12 - 9am - 4pm Saturday, January 14 - 9am - 4pm COST : Sliding Scale from $50-$160 To RSVP for the September workshop go here: https://events.humanitix.com/embracing-grief-and-death-as-a-part-of-life-n66c5f6p For more information or to register for future dates please use the form below.

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WHEN A LIFE IS LOST

A Workshop to Explore Grief for Health Professionals At the Grief Centre we hear many stories about heartache and loss - not only from those who have had family, friends or pets die but also from the professionals who offer their expertise and support at the end of life. While debrief and support is offered as a duty of care in healthcare institutions, we also know that being with our grief together in a non-professional context is important, even essential. This informative and warmhearted workshop is presented by Kath Budzinska, our Client Contact Team Leader at the Grief Centre. The workshop will be followed by 'A Taste of Sound' - a soothing session of sound therapy with Cherry Chapman, a counsellor with MSWA and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sound Therapy. DATES : 16 September, 9am - 3.30pm COST: $100 / $60 concession To register your interest please use the form below.

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WALKING WITH GRIEF

You are invited to join our Outdoor Educators and Grief Centre Volunteers to experience half-day hikes and bi-monthly shorter walks designed to acknowledge and attend to our grief. This unique approach to bereavement support integrates physical activity, forest trails, navigation, mindfulness practice, and supportive therapy along with an intention to honour and celebrate the person who died, in a fundamentally active way. Dates for Bereavement Support Hikes: Tuesday 30th August - National Grief Awareness Day - Serpentine National Park, 9am – 1pm Thursday 8th September - RU OK day - Lake Leschenaultia, 9am – 1pm Saturday 17th September - Wungong Regional Park, 8:00am - 12:00pm Sat 15th October - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day - Boranup Forest, 11am – 3pm Friday 11th November - Remembrance Day - Wungong Regional Park, 5am – 9am Social Connection Walks Wednesday 17th August, 4.30pm - 6.30pm Wednesday 12th of October, 4.30pm - 6.30pm Wednesday 23rd November, 4.30pm - 6.30pm These shorter walks will take place in the beautiful Azelia Homestead nature reserve at Manning Park. Attendance is free however RSVPs are essential one week prior to each hike or walk. Please register your interest below. This Project is funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

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GRIEF IN THE WORKPLACE

Presented by the Grief Centre's Founder Christine Richardson, this training introduces the concepts of grief and how it affects us in the workplace. It is intended to heighten awareness of grief through group exploration of the consequences of death or loss, the ways that people demonstrate grief, societal expectations of ways people should express their grief and how we formulate our understandings of grief. It also will introduce participants to the concepts of emotional literacy including a greater awareness of self and others. These workshops are held over 4 hours. DATES for 2022 : Saturday 27 September Friday 14 October COST : $110 / $50 concession. For more information, or to register your interest please use the form below.

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WRITING FOR WELL-BEING

This workshop offers practical tools, inspiration and guidance for the process of addressing grief and loss, including bereavement as well as other losses such as divorce, life-threatening illness, infertility, job loss and Covid-related losses. We will use writing to explore possibilities of renewal and change. Writing is a powerful pathway that offers validation, self-understanding, emotion awareness, clarity and increased well-being. The kind of writing entered into is for you personally. No special writing skills necessary Facilitator - Katrin Den Elzen (PhD) has personally experienced the transitioning from grief to rebuilding a new life following the death of her husband. She has written a grief memoir and is an experienced group facilitator and grief counsellor. Katrin teaches Writing for Wellbeing at Murdoch Uni for counselling students. DATE : Saturday, 26 November - 10 am to 3 pm COST : $110 / $65 concession. For more information, or to register your interest please use the form below.

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SOUND MEDITATION JOURNEYS

Through this 90 min session Sound Therapist Christine Morrison will gently guide you to feel nurtured, relaxed and at peace using ancient instruments, her voice and healing music that she creates in the moment for the group. No musical experience is required, just a yearning to feel at peace as you honour and journey forward with your grief. Christine has facilitated Sound and Music healing groups and workshops for 26 years. She is internationally renowned as a leader and advocate of Sound and Music healing, having worked with a diverse range of populations, cultures and abilities both performing as a musician, key note speaker, workshop facilitator and creator of music programmes and courses. DATES : TBA inquiries welcome. COST : $48 / $30 concession.

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TEENAGERS IN GRIEF

Being a teen is tough enough without having to deal with the death of a close friend or relative. Knowing how to navigate the territory of grief to allow sparks of joy and tenderness comes with support and understanding. In this workshop we share exercises and conversations that allow our pain and sorrow to be present in a way that helps us to embrace life with change. New possibilities emerge and new connections are made. Dates TBA - for more information or to register your interest please use the form below.

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